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Latest on suspected attacks on tankers in Gulf of Oman


Reuters
Updated: 13-06-2019 19:37 IST
Latest on suspected attacks on tankers in Gulf of Oman

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Here is the latest from Reuters on attacks on two tankers on Thursday south of the Strait of Hormuz, through which almost a fifth of the world's oil is shipped:

Panama-listed tanker Kokuka Courageous was damaged in a "suspected attack" that breached the hull above the water line, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement said

The ship was attacked twice in three hours before all the crew were evacuated, the president of Japanese owner Kokuka Sangyo told reporters

There had been an engine room fire on the tanker, which was carrying a cargo of methanol from Saudi Arabia to Singapore

A second ship, the Marshall Islands-flagged Front Altair, was "suspected of being hit by a torpedo" at around 0400 GMT, said Taiwanese refiner CPC Corp, which had chartered the vessel

The Aframax-class tanker loaded with 75,000 tonnes of naphtha was on fire, said Norwegian owner Frontline

Frontline said the Front Altair was afloat, denying a report by Iran's IRNA news agency that it had sunk

Frontline said the crew of 23 comprised 11 Russians, 11 Filipinos and one Georgian

They were rescued by the Hyundai Dubai, transferred to an Iranian navy vessel and are destined for the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas, Frontline said

No marine pollution has been reported, Frontline said * The tanker was travelling from Ruwais, United Arab Emirates, to Taiwan, according to trade sources and Refinitiv Eikon data

All 44 sailors from the two ships have been rescued by Iranian search and rescue teams, Tehran's Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported, citing an unnamed informed source

The Bahrain-based U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet said it was assisting after receiving distress calls

Oil prices surged by 4% on the news

Tanker owners DHT Holdings and Heidmar suspended new bookings to the Gulf, three shipbrokers said

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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